Main: Vocal Magic

In today’s pro­gramme, we present a selec­tion of music for the human voice, from Mediæ­val times to the present.

Both sec­u­lar and a lit­tle sacred music is includ­ed, so today’s show will be quite var­ied, rang­ing between trou­ba­dour songs, Renais­sance choral works, tra­di­tion­al Eng­lish folk-songs sung by artists like the King’s Singers and Coope Boyes & Simp­son, and mod­ern works such as those of Karl Jenk­ins, Lib­era, The Swingle Singers, The Car­pen­ters, and Don­na McKevitt’s haunt­ing set­tings of Derek Jarman’s poet­ry.

We are also fea­tur­ing the new album by Aled Jones, One Voice, which com­bines recent record­ings with record­ings of his child­hood singing voice that have nev­er been heard before, on an album fea­tur­ing sev­er­al folk songs that will be famil­iar to Radio Riel lis­ten­ers.

The Black Mass: Diary of a Mad­man by Nico­lai Gogol

Then tune in at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic time (19:00 or 03:00 in the UK) for a very spe­cial piece of radio dra­ma: part of the land­mark Black Mass series pro­duced 50 years ago at KPFA in Berke­ley, and broad­cast today in mem­o­ry of Erik Bauers­feld, the immense tal­ent who brought the series to life and who sad­ly passed away on April 4th, 2016. Our thoughts are with his friends and fam­i­ly.

Thus today we present Erik Bauersfeld’s quite remark­able vir­tu­al­ly solo real­i­sa­tion of Diary of a Mad­man by Nico­lai Gogol, in which a mad­man saves him­self from the mad world by becom­ing the King of Spain. But the cas­tle is an insane asy­lum. He escapes in a fly­ing horse car­riage back to his moth­er and his lost child­hood in Rus­sia.

For more about The Black Mass and this episode in par­tic­u­lar (which the author refers to as “what I still believe to be one of the best radio dra­mat­ic pro­duc­tions I’ve ever heard”), vis­it this page by John Whit­ing, who pro­duced the series.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. To lis­ten from out­side North Amer­i­ca, click here to start your play­er .

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